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Suspect in 11-Year-Old's Brutal Murder Is Just 14 Years Old

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Suspect in 11-Year-Old's Brutal Murder Is Just 14 Years Old

by Jeanne Sager

butcher kinfeThere is really no easy way to talk about the tragic news coming out of Chicago today, so let's talk about what we know for sure. An 11-year-old girl was stabbed to death. A 14-year-girl has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder (as a juvenile). And police in the Windy City say the deceased was stabbed a total of 40 times.

Forty. Times.

This is not child's play, not some little fight gone terribly wrong.

What police are describing is a brutal killing, a crime of passion, a crime of off-the-scale rage.

The 11-year-old's autopsy apparently revealed 30 stab wounds across the neck, chest, and arms, plus defensive wounds on the hands, bruises on the chest, and slash marks across the child's face. The two girls, relatives, were allegedly home alone together at the time of the incident, and police believe the 11-year-old was killed shortly before the 14-year-old called 911 to report that the other child had been hurt.

I realize I say this any time a child is accused of a violent crime, but this isn't how the world is SUPPOSED to work. I'm not naive enough to think it doesn't; I'm simply optimistic enough to hope that reports like this are exceptions that prove the rule, that kids in general are still good.

That children don't kill.

Isn't that how we all are? We see these things on Law & Order: SVU, and we take comfort in the notion that it's "just for TV."

Naive or not, that's the way I'd prefer life. I don't want to start looking at every 14-year-old girl I meet and wondering, "Does she have it in her to stab her relative, a mere child, 40 times?" She should be thinking about algebra, a school dance, going out for the softball team ... not murder.

Obviously, when a 14-year-old stands accused of first-degree murder, we need to talk about it. There needs to be a conversation about the hows and the whys, if only to prevent future tragedy.

But let us not lose ourselves in the details here. Let us not become a nation where we become inured to the horror, where these types of crimes cease to shock us.

What is your honest reaction to this horror? Do you feel like we're hearing these stories more and more?

by on Jan. 23, 2014 at 9:21 AM
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Mistygirl
by Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I don't understand it, but I will say that a lot of children this day and age have this thing in their head like someone owes them something and she they do not get what they want they retaliat by killing others. There is way to much of an everyone is a winner mentality going on here, personally I am frightened at what is to come of the next generation, yet I won't be surprised. What this girls reasoning was says it all. Sad just really sad.

VooDooB
by weird cheese on Jan. 24, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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Jesus.

I'd rather be shot than stabbed 40 times.

Radarma
by "OneDar" on Jan. 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM


Quoting VooDooB:

Jesus.

I'd rather be shot than stabbed 40 times.

Do a poll, betcha 100% would agree.


VooDooB
by weird cheese on Jan. 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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Quoting Radarma:


Quoting VooDooB:

Jesus.

I'd rather be shot than stabbed 40 times.

Do a poll, betcha 100% would agree.


Ugh. I'm too grouchy right now deal with the shenanigans that would come with that. I should probably just get off the board today.

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

very sad. she should be tried as an adult.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM
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My thoughts? Why are the 'hows and whys' only worth considering when its not a gun used? If its a gun its always the irresponsible owner's fault and the 14 year old would have been a 'victim' as well. Maybe this will hammer the point that people are murderous and will use whatever they can get their hands on.  I agree we need to focus on the 'hows and whys' and start worrying about the self-esteem explosion, lack of respect for human life and figure out what is messing up so many people's heads, to the point that even children are 'snapping'.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:04 AM
What makes you think Adam Lanzas mother had no resources?

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

 We recently had a horrible murder in our community where a woman was brutally attacked by her son with a knife. It was so horrific that it made international headlines (until something else diverted the media's attention).


The similarities between his story and Adam Lanza's are frightening. So much so that there was a collective sigh of relief throughout the town that he didn't have access to an aresenal. His mother was a wonderful woman who did what she could to get her clearly mentally ill son the help and resources he needed and was stonewalled every step of the way. Consquently, she was forced to live with a ticking time bomb because he had no where to go.


I suspect the mother of this girl was faced with a similar situation.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM
A fifteen year old was murdered a few years ago. His murderer used a pencil and shoved it into the deceased's temple.

Should we have stricter controls on people who buy pencils?


Quoting Woodbabe:

My thoughts? Why are the 'hows and whys' only worth considering when its not a gun used? If its a gun its always the irresponsible owner's fault and the 14 year old would have been a 'victim' as well. Maybe this will hammer the point that people are murderous and will use whatever they can get their hands on.  I agree we need to focus on the 'hows and whys' and start worrying about the self-esteem explosion, lack of respect for human life and figure out what is messing up so many people's heads, to the point that even children are 'snapping'.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Why do you think they have that "entitlement mentality"?

Quoting Mistygirl:

I don't understand it, but I will say that a lot of children this day and age have this thing in their head like someone owes them something and she they do not get what they want they retaliat by killing others. There is way to much of an everyone is a winner mentality going on here, personally I am frightened at what is to come of the next generation, yet I won't be surprised. What this girls reasoning was says it all. Sad just really sad.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM
And who exactly does her comment offend? You or the dead girl?

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

 What a cynical, asshole comment, Carpy.


Don't you have a group to fake moderate or something?


Quoting Carpy: Thankfully, she didn't have access to a gun.

 

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